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John Herbert Stroeh, 74, passed away December 4, 2018 at Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granger, IA after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia.

John was born November 28, 1944 in Boone, Iowa to Hans and Margaret (Cole) Stroeh, the third of four children. He went to school in Ogden, Iowa, and was a graduate of Ogden High School in 1962. He went on to attend Iowa State University, graduating with a degree in History in 1966. Upon graduation, he accepted a teaching position with the Onawa High School (later West Monona High School) in Onawa, Iowa. He was a teacher with the school disrict for 41 years, teaching a variety of classes from Government to Psychology to Computer Literacy. John received his master’s degree in Computer Based Learning from Morningside College in 1991, and later served as the first Technology Coordinator for West Monona. Additionally, he assisted the athletic department with track meets, and oversaw the school yearbook staff. He retired from West Monona in 2007. He also ran Stroeh Tax Service, an in-home tax preparation business in Onawa for many years.

John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda (Smith) Stroeh; his children, Sarah (Rob) Kathman of Urbandale, IA, and Michael (Kim) Stroeh of Des Moines, IA; his grandchildren, Matthew and Meredith; his brother, Walter; and many nices and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Katherine, and his brother Hans.

Per John’s wishes, there will not be a formal memorial ceremony. The family will gather for a dinner in celebration of John’s life on Friday, December 7th. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to West Monona School Foundation, c/o Onawa Community Foundation, PO Box 238, Onawa, IA 51040

The family would like to give a special thanks to the caring staff at Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care of John and family during his illness and passing.

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Private services at a later date
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